EU agrees internet regulation for Google, Facebook and other tech giants

Por Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS, April 24 (Reuters) – European Union countries and MEPs reached an agreement on Saturday on new rules that will require tech giants to do more to police illegal content on their platforms and pay a fee to regulators who oversee compliance.

The deal came after more than 16 hours of negotiations. The Digital Services Act (DSA) is the second strand in EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s strategy to rein in Alphabet unit Google-, Meta and other US tech giants.

“We have an agreement on the DSA: The Digital Services Act will make sure what is illegal offline is also seen and treated as illegal online, not as a slogan, as a reality,” Vestager said in a tweet. .

Under the DSA, companies will face fines of up to 6% of their global turnover for breaking the rules, while repeated breaches could see them banned from doing business in the EU.

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The new rules prohibit advertising directed at children or based on sensitive data such as religion, gender, race and political opinions. Dark patterns, which are tactics that trick people into giving personal data to companies online, will also be banned.

Companies will also face an annual fee of up to 0.1% of annual net income worldwide to cover the costs of monitoring their compliance, which could cost the EU €20-30 million a year. .

Last month, the 27-country bloc and EU lawmakers endorsed Vestager’s landmark rules, called the Digital Markets Act (DMA), that could force Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft to change their main business practices in Europe. .

(Edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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